On a Compassionate Note  Musicians to Serve and Play for Our Guests



Contact: Deborah Chambers  
Cell: 202-534-9965  


On a Compassionate Note
Musicians to Serve and Play for Our Guests


Washington, DC—August 23, 2016—Central Union Missioneagerly welcomes members of theInternational Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) today as they take part in the daily life of the Mission. ICSOM’s annual conference begins on Wednesday, August 24, but many musicians volunteered to come a day early to help with shelter upkeep and prepare and serve our evening meal. They will also perform a concert for the Mission’s Overnight Guests and program students.
ICSOM 2015
This is the second year that the organization has included a shelter service project on the conference agenda: “Sharing our talents through our music making and making a difference in the lives of others is what orchestral ensemble performing is all about,” commented an ICSOM delegate about last year’s efforts.
According to Mission Executive Director David Treadwell, “Mission guests love music and are not shy about interacting with musicians. This opportunity to meet professionals in an informal setting will really encourage them.”

Media are invited to participate in this dinner and concert and to interview musicians, Mission staff and homeless guests.  Please contact Deborah Chambers at 202-534-9965 or dchambers@missiondc.orgfor information or to rsvp.

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International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) represents over 4,000 musicians from 52 major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, and is a Players’ Conference of the American Federation of Musicians. ICSOM celebrates the great history of symphonic music, but prepares for an even greater future through advocacy for the livelihood of our members, and for
a thriving future for symphonic music and the arts in America. For additional information, contact ICSOM Governing Board Member and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra musician Peter De Boor at pdeboor@gmail.com. 

Central Union Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with its homeless shelter located at 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC  20001. In addition to its emergency shelter program, the Mission operates rehabilitative and job training programs for men, a clothing and furniture distribution center, a retreat and recreation center with a camp for underprivileged children and a ministry to families and senior citizens. www.missiondc.org.

Charity Navigator awarded Central Union Mission four out of a possible four stars, which indicates that Central Union MCharity Navigator Four Star Charityission adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.  Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.



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